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Online learning environments—on campus or at a distance—and the policy issues that affect them have come to the forefront of higher education. As policy-makers consider how to dramatically increase the percentage of the population with a postsecondary degree or credential within significant, long-term resource constraints, online and blended learning options dominate the discourse. And rapid enrollment growth in e-learning courses and programs signals that students and the public at large also see online and blended options as increasingly attractive.
Recent Publications and Webinars
- Day 1: IT as a Force of Change
- Day 2: How Technology Can Transform Pedagogy
- Day 3: Creating the IT Architecture for the Connected Age
The State of E-Learning in Higher Education: An Eye Toward Growth and Increased Access, ECAR Hub, June 2013. This ECAR report on e-learning incorporates results from a survey, focus groups, and interviews to provide a description of the current state of e-learning in higher education. In this report are insights into the challenges of e-learning, the concerns about e-learning that remain, the most important factors to consider in selecting e-learning technologies, how accreditors view and approach e-learning, and the specific steps institutions can take to make progress in their e-learning initiatives.
ELI 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs II, June 2013, This brief describes what a massive open online course (MOOC) is, who in higher education is using it, where this delivery model is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning.
Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World, EDUCAUSE Review, April 2013. Online learning has provided a platform for rethinking delivery models, yet much of accreditation is not designed to account for these new approaches.
The Beginning of Something Big, EDUCAUSE Live! March 2013. This webinar explores "online" learning by asking "What if we used the best technology has to offer?" and "What new models are possible?"
Next Generation Learning: The Pathway to Possibility, NGLC, April 2013. This white paper discusses observations about the innovative approaches used by grantees of Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), The resulting framework was developed with both K–12 and higher education in mind, since NGLC works with both educational systems.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Learning
- The Costs of Online Learning
January 1, 2012
It’s impossible to put a single price tag on “online learning” because, like cars, colleges, and cottages, it comes in widely varying levels of quality and efficiency. Instead, this paper…
- Implementing Online Learning Labs in Schools and Districts: Lessons From Miami-Dade’s First Year
November 1, 2011
A s online learning programs become prevalent in U.S. schools, school and district leaders, teachers, and policy makers are looking for the best ways to use technology to enhance learning. T…
- Innovating toward new learning models: Insights from a National Convening on Blended-Personalized Learning Models
January 1, 2012
2Rev whitepaper from a Gates-sponsored convening on blended/personalized learning models to support innovative new models as they take shape and scale. We assembled roughly 70 individuals, the …
- Blended Learning in Practice: Case Studies from Leading Schools
September 1, 2012
These case studies provide an in-depth look at blended learning at five leading schools across the country. Each case study documents a school operator’s journey to blended learning, how blen…
- A Study of Mobile Learning Trends at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School
January 28, 2013
Key Takeaways To plan for future mobile learning two military educational schools conducted a study of current mobile device ownership and use by their students. Survey re…
- Building Blocks for College Completion: Blended Learning
December 11, 2012
Ten projects funded by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) in the initiative’s first round of investment in 2011, known as Wave I, sought to scale the adoption of blended learning model…
- Using Laptops in the Classroom: The University of Michigan
December 3, 2012
Across the University of Michigan, laptops and other mobile devices are appearing in the classroom in greater numbers. Many faculty see this trend as an opportunity for more innovative teac…
- Franklin Central Supervisory Union: Academy 21
November 28, 2012
Students in this rural Vermont high school within the Franklin Central Supervisory Union district are creating instructional content, drafting their own learning plans , determining how to…
- New Charter University
November 28, 2012
New Charter University delivers relevant, outcomes-driven learning and college degrees where the university’s courses and content are freely available on the Internet to any learner, whethe…
- Ameritas College Educational Services, LLC
November 28, 2012
Ameritas College is building upon Brandman University’s high quality and affordable blended learning Dual Language English Immersion (DLEI) degree program to create a 100% online progra…